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Mission Statement

The National Center of Human Relations expands the unique historic image and influence of West Virginia State University as a "living laboratory of human relations". The Center works to remove barriers from and build bridges to communication, understanding, and cooperation among people, groups, and institutions with a special focus on issues of human diversity and race relations.
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The NCHR's goals are to be attained through:
  • Communication with local, state, and national constituencies.
  • Conciliation among diverse populations.
  • Citizen engagement in deliberative dialogue.
  • Collaboration with campus and community groups whose mission
    complements that of the Center.
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Domestic violence is a well-documented individual, family, social, and community problem. It requires a critical mass of people working together to develop multi-strand programs to address it and to minimize its impact at all levels.
 
The National Center for Human Relations is uniquely positioned to advance understanding of the problem through research findings and dissemination of those findings. It is committed to forming effective collaborative relationships with other organizations to consider the scope of domestic violence and to address its root causes.
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West Virginia State Universtiy Interfaith Relations is one of the three components of the National Center for Human Relations.Interfaith relations develops and presents conferences and programs that promotes the understanding and cooperation among all faith traditions. It connects, engages, and bridges the community leaders across all faith traditions. It unites faith and other leaders to work together in harmony to identify and help solve societal and human righrs problems in our local, national, and international communities.
 
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West Virginia State University Race Relations is one of the three components of the National Center for Human Relations. Its objectives are to promote, encourage, and support the study and understanding of, and exchange information about race relations between and among people and races.  Its ultimate goals are to improve race relations in all aspects of the society. 

Race and ethnic relations continue to offer challenges for human groups throughout the globe.  While categories to designate human variation may be connected to a group’s historical struggles for self- determination, access to valuable resources, and favorable public policies, humankind must work to transcend interracial/interethnic dynamics.   West Virginia State has historically worked to strengthen intergroup relations.  The National Center serves as a viable resource in this endeavor.
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Third Annual Conference on International Human Rights
West Virginia State University
College of Business and Social Sciences and

WVSU National Center for Human Relations
Erickson Alumni Center
(WVSU Campus Map)
March 30th - April 1st, 2016




 



 
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Second Annual Conference on International Human Rights
West Virginia State University
College of Business and Social Sciences and

WVSU National Center for Human Relations

CELEBRATING HUMAN RIGHTS HEROES

Erickson Alumni Center
(WVSU Campus Map)
April 2nd - 3rd, 2015 

 

    

 

Call for interdisciplinary abstracts, papers, presentation, posters, roundtables, workshops, and panels that directly or indirectly address the conference theme. Academicians, practitioners, and students are invited and encouraged to participate. All types of research are welcome, including case studies.

This year's theme, Celebrating Human Rights Heroes, honors the legacy of educator, author, orator and human rights pioneer Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), who rose from slavery to become head of Tuskegee Institute, advisor to presidents, and a dominant voice for African American rights.

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Raymond W. Smock will deliver the keynote address on Friday, April 3rd. Smock edited Booker T. Washington in Perspective: Essays of Louis R. Harlan (1988), coedited the Booker T. Washington Papers(1972-89), and authored Booker T. Washington: Black Leadership in the Age of Jim Crow (2009).
 
Potential Topics 
  • Social Justice
  • Violence Against Women and Children
  • Poverty and Economic Inequality 
  • Elder Abuse
  • Human Rights Legislation
  • Business Compassion
  • Human Trafficking
  • Educating and Training of Women
  • Combating Religious Discrimination
  • Combating Disability Discrimination

 
Important Dates/Registration
  • Submit abstracts of no more than 300 words by March 1st, 2015 to peytonbj@wvstateu.edu
  • Registration is free and open to the public.

Student Competition Conference Program: 

THURSDAY, APRIL 2
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Honor Diaries Film Screening and Reception
Erickson Alumni Center (WVSU Campus Map)

       Join us for a screening of Honor Diaries, an acclaimed documentary film that features nine women's rights
       advocates with connections to Muslim-majority societies who are engaged in a dialogue about gender
       inequality. As detailed on Honor Diaries website, "the film gives a platform to exclusively female voices
       and seeks to expose the paralyzing political correctness that prevents many from identifying, understanding
       and addressing this international human rights disaster. Freedom of movement, the right to education,
       forced marriage, and female genital mutilation are some of the systematic abuses explored in depth."

       A reception with light refreshments will immediately follow the film screening.

FRIDAY, APRIL 3
8:00 - 8:45 AM

Conference Registration & Continental Breakfast
Erickson Alumni Center (WVSU Campus Map)

9:00 - 10:15 AM
Concurrent Session A 
Cleveland Room (near front entrance)

       9:00 - 9:30 AM
       Tae Jin Park, WVSU Associate Professor of History
       A Crusade Against Despotism? -Dilemmas in Human Rights Policy toward North Korea

       9:30 - 10:00 AM
       Harold Barnes, Sr., Center for Quantum Leadership
       The Future of Black Colleges & Universities

9:00 - 10:15 AM
Concurrent Session B
Grand Hall

       9:00 - 9:30 AM
       WVSU Student Access Advocates & WVSU Disability Services Office
       Combating Disability Discrimination: Disable the Label 

       9:30 - 10:00 AM
       WVSU Honors Program
       Shop to Stop Human Trafficking: Service-Learning Outside the Classroom

10:15 - 10:30 AM
Break
Conference attendees are encourage to visit the student poster area during the break . Winning poster entries will be announced after lunch and prior to the keynote lecture.

10:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Concurent Session C
Grand Hall

       10:30 - 11:00 AM
       James Spencer, WVSU Professor of Psychology (retired)
       Herman George Canady: Clinician, Academician, and Human Rights Pioneer

       11:00 - 11:30 AM
       Bernice Frazier, President/CEO Southern Christian Leadership Foundation, Inc.
       HIV AIDS Policy

       11:30 AM - 12:oo PM
       Peter Lee, City University of New York Brooklyn College
       Health & Human Rights - A Case Study in Rural India

10:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Concurrent Session D
Cleveland Room (near front entrance)

       10:30 - 11:15 AM
       Logan K. Bush, Malak M. Khader, Shaleena G. Ross, Damien Arthur - Marshall University 
       LGBTQ Persons & Workplace Discrimination: Religious Objection, Expression & Exemption after Burwell
       v. Hobby Lobby


       11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
       Becky Francis, Kerri Steele, Brenda Wamsley, Casandra Whyte, Jessica Barnes-Pietryszynski - WVSU        
       Faculty
       The Intersection of Teaching & Human Rights Issues: A Roundtable Discussion

12:15 - 1:15 PM
Lunch
Lunch for Conference attendees is on your own, and box lunches will be served to conference participants and presenters

1:30 - 2:45 PM
Keynote Address (includes Q&A)
Grand Hall
       Dr. Raymond W. Smock
       Booker T. Washington in History and Memory
       Join us as we honor the legacy of educator, author, and human rights pioneer Booker T. Washington (1865        -1915), who rose from slavery to become head of Tuskegee Institute, advisor to presidents, and a dominant voice for African American rights.

       Dr. Smock co-edited the 14-volume Booker T. Washington Papers, and is author of Booker T. Washington:  
       Black Leadership in the age of Jim Crow 
(2009). He will share unique insight about Washington's
       importance to American history, the strength and weakness of his Atlanta Address, ideas of his chief critic W.E. B. DuBois, and why Washington is still a vital force in understanding American and African History during the age of Jim Crow.

     Ray Smock is the former Historian of the U.S. House of Representatives, and director of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies at Shepherd University since 1992. He is a graduate of Roosevelt Univeristy in Chicago and holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Maryland at College Park.
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Conference Co-Chairs 
Dr. Billy Joe Peyton Dr. Frehot Hailou Ms. Megan Sheets Mr. Richard Wolfe
Dr. Azam Bejou Ms. Joyce Chaney Mr. Matthew Carroll Dr. Suvayan De

 
Conference Chair

Dr. David Bejou (Dean, College of Business and Social Sciences)

Monday, March 30, 2015
West Virginia State to co-host human rights conference
 
INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — Human rights is the focus of a conference this week at West Virginia State University.
 
The second annual Conference on International Human Rights will be held Thursday and Friday at the Erickson Alumni Center on the university’s campus in Institute.
 
Topics include social justice, violence against women and children, elder abuse and human trafficking.
 
The College of Business and Social Sciences and the National Center for Human Relations will co-host the conference.
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Wednesday April 9, 2014
WVSU to Hold Inaugural Human Rights Conference

 


INSTITUTE, W VA. (AP) - The West Virginia State University College of Business and Social Sciences in collaboration with the National Center for Human Relations will host the inaugural Human Rights Conference, "21st Century Agenda for Human Rights: Theory and Practice, April 10-12. This three-day event will include a variety of state and nationally known speakers and participants from a broad range of disciplines offering presentations, posters and panel discussions that address human rights.

The conference will kick off Thursday, April 10, in the Grand Hall of the Erickson Alumni Center on WVSU's Institute campus. Registration will begin at 6 p.m. and be followed by an opening ceremony that will include a speech by Kanawha County Delegate Meshea Poore on the importance of human rights.

Human Rights Conference
 

 








Dr. Azam Bejou
Director of the National Center of Human Relations
West Virginia State University
827 Wallace Hall
P.O. Box 1000
Institute, WV 25112
Phone: (304) 204-4025
Fax: (304) 766-4127 
abejou@wvstateu.edu

 


Dr. Gail Mosby
Coordinator of Domestic Relations
National Center for Human Relations
West Virginia State University
128 Hill Hall
Institute, WV 25112
Phone: (304) 766-3047
gmosby@wvstateu.edu
 










Dr. Carol Taylor Johnson
Coordinator of Race Relations
National Center for Human Relations
West Virginia State University
214 Hill Hall
Institute, WV 25112
Phone: (304) 766-3070
 johnsoct@wvstateu.edu
 


Dr. Michael Pennington
Coordinator of Interfaith Relations
West Virginia State University
Phone: (304) 766-3180
mpennin1@wvstateu.edu
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